Happy Friday to you all and I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend ❤
I can’t believe that we are already in May, this year flew by so fast. I have a few goals this month that is a continuation of April 😉
So let’s start…
Wake up at 4 am every day but Saturday.
So far it is not going well, lol, but I still want to keep trying. After all, it takes at least 21 days to form a habit so I will keep trying.
I want to just start writing again. I am slowly finding my “groove” again and I want to start writing again, so my goal is to minimum write 5K.
Edit 2 chapters.
I really want to try and keep editing and revising my book. I would be happy even with 2 chapters edited. I want to keep my writing/editing goals small so I won’t get overwhelmed and I would be able to stay motivated… Hopefully 😉
Read 3 books.
I am in a huge reading slump. I read a book in every few months, so I want to get back to reading and ease myself to reading more. I still haven’t picked up the books I want to read but I hope to do that tomorrow so I will let you know tomorrow 😉
Blog (mostly) every day.
Okay, I think I did really good with the goal on April with a few days I’ve missed posts, but in May I want to try and really do better 😀 So far I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to share all my insights on June as I finish this challenge.
Declutter the house.
Did a great job on April with decluttering my house but I need to work much harder on declutter our closets and bookshelves in May.
Meditate 4 times a week (at least).
I was doing well with meditating almost every day in April but by the end of the month, I neglected this and I want to get back to meditating and that is why I thought it will be a great idea to add this as a goal for May.
Well, that is it for my goals for the month of May, there are a few hard ones and a few small goals, hehe but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀
What is your goal for May? Did you choose something to focus on this month? let me know in the comments below
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Author: Jen Sincero Pages: 258 Genre: Self-Help Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013 Publisher: Running Press Adult
In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them – it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it now.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
I usually don’t read self-help books, but I do try to read things outside my comfort zone and because we are getting closer to 2019, I needed every help I can get so after I heard so many good things about this book, I decided to buy it… And I am so happy I did.
This book didn’t have many original ideas, and the author told me things I probably already knew… However, it was still a nice reminder of what I need to do and sometimes it is nice to have a good reminder a push even if it comes out from a book.
As I try to surround myself with things that will be a constant reminder of what I want and how I want to achieve it, I loved reading this book because of that… A great reminder and sometimes if we know something we really don’t get it, lol. Some things just clicked really good in this book and I plan to read this book again in 2019 with fresh new eyes 😉
I mostly felt with all the things I highlighted that it was like a reminder post-it note or a smart cheat sheet for you to always pick into and plan your goals smarter and achieve them faster.
I got this book in an ebook and so I highlighted a few lines and paragraphs that I knew will stick with me for a while…
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse”.
“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done”.
This is beyond true and correct for me, and I just realized that while reading this book and since then… So much have changed and still is changing ❤
For me, this book was more like a push in the right direction, I needed it a lot 😀
Author: Raven Oak Pages: 441 Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: October 15th, 2016 Publisher: Grey Sun Press
Her name was Adelei.
She was a master in her field, one of the feared Order of Amaska. Those who were a danger to the Little Dozen Kingdoms wound up dead by her hand. The Order sends her deep into the Kingdom of Alexander, away from her home in Sadai, and into the hands of the Order’s enemy.
The job is nothing short of a suicide mission, one serving no king, no god, and certainly not Justice. With no holy order to protect her, she tumbles dagger-first into the Boahim Senate’s political schemes and finds that magic is very much alive and well in the Little Dozen Kingdoms.
While fighting to unravel the betrayal surrounding the royal family of Alexander, she finds her entire past is a lie, right down to those she called family. They say the truth depends on which side of the sword one stands. But they never said what to do when all the swords are pointing at you.
Amidst her enemies, in a land from the darkest reaches of her past, she must decide if she is to be more than another brainwashed puppet. No matter her choice, she must fight to do what is just and right to save the people of the Little Dozen.
Amaskan’s Blood is an exciting epic fantasy filled with amazing adventures and wonderful characters. Everything is well planned and there’re so much happening in this book.
Adelei is the main character and she is y far my favorite character. She is such a strong character but not the perfect type, she is flawed but amazing at the same time.
The author did an amazing job with the world building and even more so with the characters. Each character brings a new complexity and uniqueness to the story, even the villain was written amazingly that you are always having your doubts about him, how amazing is this author?
The work that the author had put into this detailed world is astonishing. The author put so many details to everything that you can easily see yourself in this world, walking alongside Adelei. The first third of the book was a bit slow to read and hard to get into but I am used to this in Fantasy. However, trust me when I say that the rest of the book is worth the waiting, this novel is full of action, politics and memorable characters.
Also check out again the amazing cover, wow ❤ I love the cover so much, by itself you can feel the story.
Lastly, I will say that the strong plot combined with the strong characters makes a unique and amazing story to read, and if you like Fantasy you will LOVE this book. I am lucky I already have the next book to read immediately (yay) 😀
Hey everyone, this is a way overdue book review and I am sending my apologies to everyone who participated in the book tour and to the authors themselves for my late review. But it’s finally here, hehe, and before I’ll start my review, I have to say that I enjoyed reading these stories very much and I am excited to review this book 😀
I received this book from the lovely Rachel Poli for an honest review and be part of the blog tour. Thank you, Rachel for your kindness and patience and for this lovely book ❤
Author: Ten Authors: Christelle Bloem, Candice Burger, Justin J., Carin Marais, Elliot P. McGee, Nthato Morakabi, Liam Selby, Nicolette Stephens, Nicola Tapson, Kim Wainer. Pages: 174 Pages Genre: Flash Fiction Publication Date: January 31st, 2018 Publisher: Chasing Dreams Publishing
It’s not quite the Gummi Bears, but it certainly bounces around a lot.
Jozi Flash 2017 combines the talents of ten brilliant authors with one gifted artist, to bring you a collection of 80 flash fiction stories across eight different genres.
From a children’s story about the folly of summoning dragons to the horrors held in deliciously treacherous ice cream, the authors take you on journeys that weave fantasy and folklore together alongside practical detectives and everyday tragedy.
With stunning artwork prompts by Nico Venter, these South African authors have created an anthology that will leave you breathless.
I will not choose a story to review, I will review it as a whole collection 😀 Because each story is a unique story by itself with its own style and genre I want to review this as an entire collection.
Some stories were emotional, while others were fun, cute and even horror. This anthology was beautifully made from the gorgeous cover to the amazing and fun stories. You get immersed immediately into a new world and new characters and you get to read different genres that to my surprise I LOVED IT 😉
The prompts and the illustrations were perfect and everything had a feel of writer’s journal (but in a very good way). Each author did an amazing job with his/her writing, making the short story fly by fast.
Overall, I loved the book, it was short and fun to read and I highly recommend it to everyone who loves to read short stories and fiction. You can even choose the right story for you by your favorite genre or by your current mood.
I am thrilled to say that I have outlined the major events in Book Two in the series – The Curse of Time. So, if you haven’t read The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone now’s the time to do so!
During this process, I stumbled upon a plot development idea that shocked me. I’d started writing the bare bones of the ending of book two and then POW it hit me. I can’t divulge what my idea is for fear of spoiling it for you, but I can say that it will take the story on an unexpected pathway into a potential book three.
This Kapow aspect of writing excites, empowers and intrigues me.
During the creative process of writing The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone, I didn’t plot much at all. I wrote from a reservoir of my imagination. I had to restructure a lot, but this meant that TCOT is a highly imaginative concept.
My reviewers have been saying lots of wonderful things about TCOT.
Here are just a couple of review quote snippets:
‘This is a brilliant book for young adults interested in magic, supernatural, paranormal, fantasy and myth. I found it highly readable and the author’s imagination is phenomenal, as is the fluency of her language and the dazzling way she describes the curious events and characters in her story. I loved the idea of Esme, the girl trapped in the mirror.’
S C Skillman, author
‘The curse of time is a beautifully written book. I really enjoyed M.J. Mallon’s style of writing and the beautiful characters she created. Even though aimed at the YA audience I enjoyed it and found myself totally engrossed.
The story is almost dreamlike, very addictive and quirky. I loved all the references to crystals and the magical element. I was keen to find out the mystery linked to Amelina’s Dad’s disappearance and eventual reappearance. This is such a mixing pot of delights, you have gorgeous poetry scattered throughout, a girl stuck in a mirror and a magically enchanted paint set and this is the tip of the iceberg!’ Lisa, Book Addiction UK.
One of my subsidiary characters became far more important. In fact, she became one of my favourite characters.
Imaginative Developments: Mental Health and Entrapment
I had an idea to write about a girl trapped in a mirror and Esme became that girl. I realized she needed to be more interesting and defined. I struggled with this for some time. Then, during the writing process, I had a Eureka moment – I decided to link the mirror girl Esme’s imprisonment to mental health.
Mental Health is a form of entrapment. A person who is suffering from mental health problems isn’t free. They are unable to live life to the full as fear anxiety, depression and mental health issues hold them back. Esme is that person. She is a prisoner in the mirrors of Amelina’s house and she is also imprisoned by her mental health issues. Esme is a victim of a curse but prior to her imprisonment, she had also been stuck in a vicious circle of self-harm.
Esme became the character I longed for – a character with huge potential for truth, hope, and discussion. I now have so many ways to portray her and…
The reader will be able to see her journey throughout the series.
Will Esme recover from her self-harm?
Will she escape the imprisonment of the curse?
Will I be able to help Esme feel good about herself?
Esme’s character will allow an open and frank discussion on the crucially important topic of mental health/self-harm/depression/anxiety which matters so much to me.
Esme also features in book two, with an emphasis on recovery and hope along with all the original cast of book one.
Imaginative Developments: Crystals
Wow, I just love them. I have a lovely collection at home. So it’s no surprise that there’s a magical crystal cottage in The Curse of Time. But, this haven of beauty, light, and magic isn’t open to everyone. No way! It’s strictly by invitation only. My main protagonist, fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott is allowed to visit but will Ryder creep in? Wait and see… There will be some amazing developments with regard to the cottage in Book Two. Expect twin doors…
Imaginative Developments: Tattoos and Art
Tattoos. This is hysterical. What can you do with tattoos in a fantasy novel? Perhaps you can cover your villain with them. Hey, maybe you can bring those tattoos alive, and link those black tattoos to shadows. Perhaps you can take this further and make them smoking hot! Interesting… Now, how cool is that?
Just imagine what fun I can have with tattoos in future books… Oh my!
(I have a thing about bringing art alive and this is also portrayed in the Creature of The Cottage.)
Imaginative Developments: Clocks and Rollercoasters
There are three wonderful Chronopage clock creations invented by Dr. John C Taylor, OBE http://www.johnctaylor.com/who I had the pleasure of meeting in September 2017.
The magnificent grasshopper lives in King’s Parade in Cambridge, and features in Book One. The midsummer Chronopage showcases a mythological fly and the dragon Chronopage is, of course, a dragon. Look at that pearl on the dragon’s tongue! I can’t wait to write about the mythological fly and the dragon in the next two books in the series.
In the meantime, I have plans for the grasshopper to come alive and get up to a bunch of mischief in Book Two.
Aren’t they stunning?
And … there will be an epic rollercoaster in Book Two and some riddles…
If you like fantasy, adore Dr. Who (like I do,) I hope you will give The Curse of Time a try.
Author: M.J. Mallon Pages: 242 Genre: YA, Fantasy Publication Date: August 26, 2017 Publisher: Kyrosmagica Publishing
Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but a perplexing stranger.
With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.
Okay, wow. Marjorie had created a wonderful story with such relatable characters. The Curse of Time is a young adult fantasy novel and I loved every page in it ❤
Amelina, the main character is such a lovable and so relatable character. The author did a great job with her and the other characters in this book. Every detail so well thought off and you can tell by reading as the story flows so easily. Amelina’s world is so unique and full of magic (I won’t say much here, every little detail might spoil things).
Meeting the Ryder changed everything with Amelina and not the way she wished to and I loved that the author made Amelina grow with the plot, and as a writer myself, that is what I love to see in books. I loved the use of mirrors and crystals in this book, every magical item made the story more dramatic and magical, you are “literally” sucked into Amelina’s world and it felt amazing. It was the perfect book to read while my life was so stressful and hectic, it was a blessed escape.
Ryder is the perfect villain here and the author did a great job with making us “love to hate him” and I enjoyed to hating him, lol 😀
You could really tell that the author Marjorie made every little detail feel special, from the beggings of the chapters to a character-driven plot and amazing adventures and struggles. If you love Fantasy and Paranormal this book is for you ❤
I won’t say more as from here on the plot really moves fast and before you know it, the book has ended (WHY???). I need book 2 🙂
Author: Brad C. Baker Pages: 335 Pages Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: November 15th, 2017 Publisher: Wallace Publishing
The Chronicles of Crallick, the first book in The Spirit of Amathrain series, tells the story of Crallick Oakentree, a man with a checkered past that finds himself widowed in a cruel jest of fate. As a result, Crallick becomes a failed farmer, a single father, and an alcoholic.
One day, after awaking from one of his many drunken stupors, Crallick finds his daughter has been kidnapped and his favourite drinking hole has been set ablaze.
Leaving the serene beauty of his home in Gladeholme, he travels across beautiful countryside and over a wide ocean full of danger, before tackling the seedy ports of a pirate-ridden archipelago. Still though, the kidnappers remain one step ahead of him and his accompanying friends. Crallick is intent on one thing: rescuing his daughter. Failing that, he wants to inflict his revenge upon those that do her harm.
But after ten years of drinking and aging, does he still have what it takes? Follow his Chronicles and find out.
The Chronicles of Crallick is a Fantasy novel, a genre I mostly read and love.
The blurb did a wonderful job pulling me in and hit the right notes for me. Even from the gorgeous cover you can tell that it’s full of magic and action, and I knew I would love reading this book and I am so happy it turned out great.
From the start we see the main character struggle in life but as soon as his daughter in danger he immediately pulls himself together and sets off to find his daughter and rescue her.
The main character and his friend go out and start their journey and even though it takes them a long while to find her, her father never gives up on finding her and with all the trails and adventures they undergo, his goals is always in his mind.
The plot was good and I loved the idea of the story. However, it seems like a very similar idea and execution like all other Fantasy books I’ve read. Said that I still enjoyed the book very much.
The author did a good job with the characters, though I wish he add more growth to them after all it’s been a year of hardships and worry but no growth really shown in them. The story was very character driven which is my favorite. I love character-driven stories and here the main character really shows how much it’s important to have a strong character to make the story better. Also, I have to add that the author’s writing style is really easy to follow and has a great way to pull you further into the story.
Overall, the story was good and I loved the main character, Crallick. I think the author did a great job and even though there were a few things I didn’t like, I still think it was a fast-paced read, full of adventures and trials which grabbed my attention from start to finish. If you love Fantasy this book is definitely for you 🙂
Author: Anna Sabino Pages: 192 Pages Genre: Self-help, Writing, Business Publication Date: January 22, 2018 Publisher: Career Press
Anna Sabino is an artist, but certainly not a starving one. She wasn’t born into a wealthy family, didn’t inherit money from a distant relative, and doesn’t have a rich husband. But she made it as an entrepreneur, as a single woman, and most important, as an artist.
In Your Creative Career, she shows her fellow artists and creatives how to build a business that reflects their talent and true calling while generating serious cash. Whether the goal is to build an empire and be financially free, create a lifestyle business, or just to have more time, Your Creative Career guides you through every aspect of creative entrepreneurship.
If you want to start your creative career, transition into it, or give it a boost, this book is a must read that features:
Proven systems and strategies to create ideally priced products that keep selling.
The importance of going through all the steps of making it from idea inception and execution to branding and distribution.
The importance of transitioning from artistic solitude to collaborative, creative entrepreneurship.
The most effective marketing and PR methods adjusted to the new reality of short attention spans and information overload.
There was (and still is) great hype over this book and I truly wanted to love it more.
At first, I will say that I really loved the author’s take on creating your own life and not settle just to feel comfortable. I love the practical side of this book and how the author explains things in simple but really helpful ways.
This could be a wonderful guide to a someone who wants to dive into a creative career or just being more creative in life. If you want to start blogging, writing or doing anything that is creative, this book will inspire you and give you some great pointers on how to start your journey with a creative career and I loved that the author did give a lot of information on the business side of your creative life.
After a few chapters, I started to get frustrated and even a little bit annoyed. I found myself disagreeing with the author, her approach was too structured and I think it didn’t suit my views. By the end, the subject repeated over and over and for me, it was too much.
If you are a beginner or you want to start a creative career, this book will definitely help you and in it, you will find great advice to get you started on your creative journey.
Author: Lynette Noni Pages: 403 Pages Genre: YA, Fantasy Publication Date: February 1st, 2018 Publisher: Pantera Press
“Light or dark, only one can win. This world cannot survive in shades of grey.”
Now that Aven Dalmarta sits upon the throne of Meya, Alex must race against the clock to save the rest of Medora from the Rebel Prince’s wrath.
Haunted by an unspeakable vision of the future, Alex and her friends set out to warn the mortal races. But making allies out of ancient enemies proves difficult.
With her nights spent deep in the Library under the guidance of a mysterious new mentor, Alex is desperate to strengthen her gift and keep all those she loves safe. Because in a world where nothing is certain, she is sure of only one thing:
Aven is coming.
Omg… NOOOOO… Omg.
I will need to keep this review very short as every time I try to put a little more details, I give up spoilers, lol, and because my reviews are spoilers free – I must keep it sweet but short.
I just finished reading Graevale, the fourth book in The Medoran Chronicles and wow… Lynette Noni truly gets better with each book she writes, omg. I am struggling to put words together to form any sort of normal sentences, as my brain is in complete moosh right now 😀
Things get darker fast in this book, from the plot, the characters, and the amazing adventures the group takes… (I wish this series would never end) ❤
This book continues from the ending of the third book and from the start we go with Alex o other lands that only makes things harder for her to overcome Aven. Every book in this series is building up to the epic finale and it hurts that we are now closer to the end.
From the start, you can feel the tension and the slow but awesome build-up to the final battle. The places and other races we encounter and to the gang itself, trying to get stronger in their abilities and the darkness truly looming over Alex and Medora.
Alex is preparing for war by going around the lands, trying to convince them of the importance of joining this war, but Alex realized that this is not an easy task. Alex keeps training for the upcoming battle and traveling to the other lands of Medora, and I loved how she gots even stronger and more clam of what is needed to be done. Even the other characters are so well thought of and so well developed, that made Alex her group stronger than ever.
At the end I was left in tears holding my tablet tight for comfort, I was a wreck… I need the next book, NOW!
Author: Lynette Noni Pages: 404 pages Genre: YA, Fantasy Publication Date: April 1st, 2017 Publisher: Pantera Press
“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that, you have my word.”
With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.
Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.
As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.
One way or another, the world will change…
Before I’ll start I will just say that I loved Akarnae and Raelia so much, that I really was looking forward to reading Draekora 😀
Draekora is the third book in the Medoran Chronicles. I will keep this review short as it’s so hard to review this book without spoilers (I’ve tried, lol).
The book started with tons of action, sweeping you immediately to a new place with new characters, full of danger. From the start, Alex and her gang are trying to find out if Jordan’s brother was alive or not. Alex goes to Meya to train and learn more about her abilities. There, she has one of the best adventures in this book 😀 And I think the author only gets better and better with each book she writes.
There are a lot of new characters that we meet in this book, but you are drawn to them from the start. I love that we got to see more of Medora and even though this book has a more serious tone to it, we still experience the fun and excitement that we loved so much in the previous books. Draekora is by far the best book in this series (so far) ❤
You really get involved with the characters and the author did a wonderful job with them, you can’t help yourself but fall in love with them. I did miss the old gang a lot but it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable to read. Alex has to go through so much that with each dangerous event you keep asking yourself how will she ever get out of this situation. I won’t say much of the other characters as it will definitely spoil things for you, but I will say that the Draekon character is such a great addition to the story, I loved it.
The villain also is well thought of and you really love to hate him, the author did an amazing work with him, omg.
The ending of this book… Omg. I can’t really say much here but let me say that I couldn’t stop crying, and I so happy that I have the next book to read immediately. At the end of this book, things get even more crazy and dangerous and we know that war is coming and as I said I am happy I already have Gravale (book #4) because I must know what will happen next with Alex and her gang.
This book has everything you want in a great book. You got dangerous adventures, friendships, time travel, dragons, magic, and love. How can you not love this book ❤
P.S: The cover is gorgeous and I would truly love if I could visit Draekora.